Thursday, December 11, 2014

Playing On My Pod #9 - Christmas songs that won't make you pull your hair out.


I promise you're going to love these Christmas songs. They aren't going to make you want to pull your hair out or put on ugly sweaters. They're going to put you in the right frame of mind for the season!

1. Hark The Herald Angel Sing, by Rend Collective
2. Wrapped In Red, by Kelly Clarkson
3. Christmas Coming Home, by Lennon & Maisy
4. O Holy Night, by Shane & Shane
5. Ave Maria, by Christina Perri

Once you've added those tracks to your Holiday '14 playlist, come join me, my sis-in-law and some friends for a lady's night of shopping! It will be held at KUGA Visual Arts this Tuesday. 

Have you seen the latest product in my ETSY SHOP? You be the designer of your next Ivy & Co. head band! Choose your size, a fabric or two, I'll sew it up and mail it to you. Simple!

Check out all the fabric choices:

Also, for my REAL job as a dance instructor, I have a few friends coming to Maui this January to put on an amazing workshop for Hawaii dancers. Hip hop, contemporary and jazz master classes for all ages. These guys are the real deal. Are you an avid SYTYCD watcher? You may recognize Nathan Trasoras on the left from a couple seasons back!

Hope you're enjoy the Christmas season!
Aloha, Rebecca
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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

When 2 Become 1 - The Dining Table Edition

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Were you a high schooler in the 90s? 
Was your car nicknamed the Spicemobile? 
Did you have Spice Girls perfume purchased in Europe? 
How many times did you see Spice World in theaters? 
If you answered yes or 3 to any of these questions, then of course you remember the reigning Girl Group's hit, "When 2 Become 1." As an adult, I can't believe how inappropriate the lyrics are! But as someone who restores furniture, I think it's a highly appropriate title for the 2 dining tables I picked up, that became 1.

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Well, when we moved to Kauai, we had to leave our beloved dining table behind:
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Remember the post where I told you to Do Unto Your Dining Table As You Would Have Your Dining Table Do Unto You? Click here to read it.
Black Chalk & Milk Paint Dining Table, Dream Table, Wood Dining Table, Table Conversion, Kauai Habitat for Humanity, Kauai Ross Dress for Less, Painting Your Kitchen TableAnd this is what we used in the meantime. It was part of the outdoor patio furniture that was here when we moved in. We threw a table cloth over it.
Black Chalk & Milk Paint Dining Table, Dream Table, Wood Dining Table, Table Conversion, Kauai Habitat for Humanity, Kauai Ross Dress for Less, Painting Your Kitchen TableFor weeks and weeks I searched for something to replace it. Kit's one condition was that we had to have a round table. I kept seeing these two sad tables at the Habitat for Humanity Restore. One had a solid wood top, and the other had a solid wood vintage bamboo style base. One week I went in and they were heavily discounted. So I bought both and threw them in my jeep!

Black Chalk & Milk Paint Dining Table, Dream Table, Wood Dining Table, Table Conversion, Kauai Habitat for Humanity, Kauai Ross Dress for Less, Painting Your Kitchen TableThe top that went with the Bamboo base just crumbled off (good ole particle board). The rolling base of the one with the wood top was breaking into pieces as I unscrewed it. 

Black Chalk & Milk Paint Dining Table, Dream Table, Wood Dining Table, Table Conversion, Kauai Habitat for Humanity, Kauai Ross Dress for Less, Painting Your Kitchen TableOf course, I painted them black. A little chalk paint... a little Typewriter Miss Mustard Seed's Milk Paint… a bunch of sanding… a few coats of wax...

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I wanted to make sure the base was put on really well, so I solicited Kit's help.

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I love it when Milk Paint is drying. So glossy.
Black Chalk & Milk Paint Dining Table, Dream Table, Wood Dining Table, Table Conversion, Kauai Habitat for Humanity, Kauai Ross Dress for Less, Painting Your Kitchen Table It was so nice to bring it in and finally have a real dining table in our home!


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Isn't the base gorgeous? That thick bamboo pedestal. Love it.

The wax needed to cure for a week or so, so I kept a table cloth on it at first, and went out to our new (and only) Ross Store on island and bought cute placemats. But now, it's very durable and we love it. 
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And that's the story of 2 tables becoming 1.

Aloha, Rebecca

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Thursday, December 4, 2014

Business Branding Basics

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I'm no expert on branding. But, I have a brand, and have committed to utilizing a few things that I keep consistent and deem important to who I am and what Ivy & Co. represents. Keep in mind, I'm a one-woman show (except of course when I make 5 year old Ivy do child labor for her future company). There may be more i's I could dot, or t's I could cross, but at this point, this is what works, and what I can justify putting time and money into.

1. Put yourself in a box. But, it can be a big box.
I sew. I paint furniture. I teach dance. And I'm a wife and mom. I have a BA in Organizational Leadership, and I also love to promote products and businesses I love. You will find all of these things on my website/blog and social networking accounts. Though it's broad, it's all part of Ivy & Co. and I'm okay with that, as long as it seems cohesive to me, and can be explained to my audience. Normally when people ask me about Ivy & Co., I say, "there are two components to it- furniture rehab and sewing. If I've got great pieces, I paint them. If I have to fill an order of headbands, I sew them. Supply and demand." Everything else, they can read about on my blog. 

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2. Develop a logo. 
This is a very helpful early step. Mine is simple (I made it on picmonkey) and I like the look. I like bringing new life to old things, and I feel like my font and the weathered postage stamp background conveys this. My logo is on my sewing labels, business cards, hang tags, online headers and enlarged onto 5"x7" foam boards for display purposes.
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3. Use thematic images. 
How to brand your small business, branding, hobby, logo, business cards, font, text, company, labelsOne of my very first sewing projects in my adult life utilized this fabric -->

I made valances. Since then I've reused this fabric for drawer fronts, runners, valances again, etc. Now, to tie in those early years of creativity, I photographed it and use it as a background image for my website and social media headers, buttons, etc. it helps that it's green, since my business name sake is "Ivy." 

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4. Pick a font (or two) and use it. 
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Special Elite is the font I chose as "my" font. It makes it easy to keep everything looking uniform. I usually ensure that I use it when typing out my website or brand name on photos, invoices, business cards, etc. 


5. Business Cards. 
Develop a business card you're proud of. I recently ordered some that came out terrible, really grainy, and the logo was so tiny. I'm not sure what went wrong, but about a week later, my website got hacked and I had to change from www.ivy-and-co.com to www.theivyandco.com, so I needed to reprint all my cards anyway. (Read about that debacle here.) Have your business card on hand at all times and don't be shy when giving it out. I'll staple it to the back or bottom of a furniture piece I'm selling, and always slip one in when mailing something out. I love having them double sided to include all my social media links on the back side. I use mpix.com to print mine. Super fast shipping, even to Hawaii, and great quality.

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6. Get a logo stamp. 
How to brand your small business, branding, hobby, logo, business cards, font, text, company, labelsI love my stamp. I use it on everything from paper bags, to quick labels. I put it above my return address on envelopes. I stamp it on thank you cards. Don't get me wrong, this isn't essential to have, but it sure puts the icing on the cake when I don't have the logo product I need. I got it made at Office Max. 
I am actually awaiting my first set of professionally made hang tags, as we speak, but for the last year, I've used my stamp, Avery marking tags from Office Max, and some gold safety pins from Walmart to create the tags for my products. 

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How to brand your small business, branding, hobby, logo, business cards, font, text, company, labelsI've invested in clothing labels for my products (headbands, mini-washcloths, bunting, aprons, baby soft blocks, etc), since that's not exactly something I can create on my own.

I hope these simple tips help you get started on making some steps in the right direction for your small business. It's been a few years in the making for me. Let me know if you have any questions about anything.

Aloha, Rebecca

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Wednesday, November 26, 2014

The Ivy & Co. SALE has begun! Coupon Code enclosed.

Here it is: 

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Head on over to http://ivyandcompany.etsy.com to take 25% off now! Items are all one-of-a kind, so get them before they're gone. New items will be added throughout today and tomorrow, as fast as I can produce them. They're going from sewing machine, to photography, to the Etsy shop, and then to your mailbox. Custom requests are always welcome- just message me on Etsy, or email me at ivyandco@icloud.com. 

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Don't forget to support all the local businesses that carry Ivy & Co. 
I know they're all preparing some amazing sales for you this weekend.
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a. ell design - 4-1320 Kuhio Hwy, Kapaa, HI 96746
a. ell design - 3539 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214
Cru Kauai - 2-2535 Kaumuali'i Hwy, Kalaheo, HI 96741
machinemachine - 3800 Hanapepe Rd., Hanapepe, HI 96716
Maui Children's Bookstore - 7 N. Market St., Wailuku, HI 96793
Party Wonderland - 3215 Kuhio Hwy. #106, Lihue, HI 96766

Have you been following the BLACK FRIDAY FURNITURE SERIES on Facebook? 
Every day this week, we're seeing a black piece of furniture by Ivy & Co. It's the color of the year for furniture, don't you agree? Click here to see them: http://facebook.com/ivyandcompany

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Lastly, if you have any old doilies lying around, I want them! They're such a special part of each family's history, yet, so rarely used in this day in age. I would love to take them off you hands and create something beautiful with them. You can pass them on to Ivy & Co. for free, or I'll give you $.25 a piece. I can pick up in Maui or Kauai. 

Also, if you're interested in ordering a custom doily bunting with your own doilies, let me know! 
Email me at ivyandco@icloud.com. 
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I think that covers it! Don't forget to place your order soon at
  http://ivyandcompany.etsy.com and take 25% off using the code: BLACKSMALLCYBER 

Aloha, Rebecca
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Sunday, November 23, 2014

The Ultimate Baby Bundle

I love making gifts for new babies. Putting all the little gifts in a refurbished vintage train case puts the icing on the cake. 

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You may recognize this blue train case with the grey and white arrow/tribal herringbone on the inside, from my post on how to re-do the inside of a train case (click here to see that post).

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Well, sneaky me, I had it in my mind that I was going to give it to a particular little baby (whose name I didn’t yet know at the time.) This baby was set to be born this past summer on the very day we moved from Maui to Kauai. Ivy and I got off the plane, and went straight to the hospital and met him: Baby Boaz. I know his mama really well, and it was such a treat to meet him at just 5 hours old. (Remember when this blog was called “Jed & Ivy”? Well, Jed is Boaz’s older brother!)

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Boaz’s mom loves grey, mustard, arrows and all that jazz. I love baby soft blocks, bunting, burp cloths and clothes pins. So he got all of the above. 

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How adorable is he, sleeping under the bunting?! 

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Ivy and I get to see him (and his big bro and parents) once a week for dinner. He’s such a good baby, and watching him grow is definitely one of the many perks of being back on Kauai. 

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Aloha,
Rebecca
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BEFORE & AFTER - Tall Black Dresser

I present to you my first Kauai furniture project. I know, you probably thought the Nautical Side Table came first, but it didn't. I got this tall dresser from a couple one of my first weekends here, and it was in great condition: solid wood, but a little dated. Those knobs... I didn't even get a good "before" picture because I was so eager to get those knobs off. It looked like a pretty standard style dresser, and when it was all finished it looked very "normal," compared to my usual pieces. 

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Interesting though - I'm pretty sure this piece was custom made because the original wooden knobs were not a standard size. I could not for the life of me find any knobs to fit, not even online. So I had to buy a standard size and Kit helped me drill new holes and fill in the old holes. 

The inside of the drawers were so clean. The wood was gorgeous.
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I taped off the edges really well (pat on the back). Honestly I was so impressed with my lines. 

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Since I can't stop painting things black, (see here, and here, and here and here), this one got a coat of black chalk paint, topped with a metallic sheer brown, called coffee. I think it was a random Martha Stewart paint purchase.
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Minimal distressing. I like to see a little wood in every piece. Just to remind us of what it's made of.
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Before and After Tall Black Dresser Re-do Chalk Paint Metallic Paint Martha StewartA few coats of furniture wax later, and it sold to a lady about to have a baby. 
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What color would you have painted it? I've gone black and am having a hard time going back!!

Aloha, Rebecca
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